About us

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra is an independent orchestra based in West London, giving around five main concerts a year. Established over 90 years ago, the Orchestra has come to be seen as a leading voluntary orchestra on the London music scene, building a reputation for performing works which are a bit out of the ordinary, alongside more classical repertoire.

The orchestra has been under the baton of John Gibbons since 1994, and through this association has played a leading role in promoting British music by performing the less well known works of British composers. The orchestra predominantly performs in West London, with a number of overseas tours and concerts further afield including the prestigious Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton, participation in the Cesis Arts Festival (Latvia) in 2011 and 2014 and the International Orchestra Festival in Lucca, Italy, in 2017. We are particularly grateful to the William Alywn Foundation and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust for their generous support for these trips. The orchestra is also proud to support the Ealing Festival of Music, Dance and Speech by offering a performance with orchestra to the overall winner of the Festival’s concerto classes; this has proved a real help to some fine players at the start of their careers.

Approximately 50 players are permanent members of the orchestra, with many having reached an advanced level in their musical training. The orchestra membership is very diverse, with many players involved in the music world in some way, including music teachers and former professional musicians. A wide range of other professions are also represented in the orchestra including sound engineers, management consultants, educators, editors and several physicians. The ESO is a registered Charity, No. 287974.

Reviews

Carwithen, Rachmaninov 2, In the South (July 2017) – From London to Longoio
Prokofiev, Gardner 2, Fountains of Rome, In the South (2017) – Christopher Axeworthy
The Planets
, John Ireland Legend, Taras Bulba (2015) – Seen and Heard International
Arnold 8, Strauss Parergon (2014) – Classical Source
Still Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky 6 (2013) – Classical Source
Bruckner 9, Nors Josephson Completion (2012) – Bachtrack
Alwyn Violin Concerto, Shostakovich 5 (2012) – Classical Source
Wright Violin Concerto, Elgar 2 (2012) – Classical Source
Ives Orchestral Set 3, Saint-Saens 3 (2011) – Classical Source

Governance

The Orchestra is managed by a Committee, elected from its members and Friends.

Chair: Jo Boswell
Secretary: Richard Partridge
Treasurer: David Smith

To find out more about the Committee, contact Richard at  or by phone or post as below.

Our Affiliates

The ESO is affiliated to Ealing Arts and Leisure and to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies, which represents and supports amateur performing and promoting societies throughout the UK. We are also happy to work with the Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus, of Thame, Oxfordshire.

Past sponsors include the William Alwyn Foundation, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the John Ireland Trust. We are grateful for their support. Marc Gascoigne took some of the photos on this site (where credited), check out his website for his portfolio. Where possible we list our concerts on Concert Diary and Classical Events. We are listed on Geoff Russell’s excellent UK Amateur Orchestras site.

We manage our concert ticket sales through Golden Giving; you can visit our page there at any time to make a donation.

Contact us

General enquiries: 
Publicity and website: Friends: Treasurer:

Phone: 020 8567 4075
Post: 68 Elers Road, London W13 9QD